Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Google Acquires Facial Recognition Software Startup Pittpatt

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Google just keeps the acquisitions coming.


The latest knews is from Pittpatt which was developed at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.  It is a facial recognition company that has the ability to match faces over videos, pictures, and other types of data.


Here is what the folks at Pittpatt had to say about the acquisition:

Joining Google is the next thrilling step in a journey that began with research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in the 1990s and continued with the launching of Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition (PittPatt) in 2004. We’ve worked hard to advance the research and technology in many important ways and have seen our technology come to life in some very interesting products. At Google, computer vision technology is already at the core of many existing products (such as Image Search, YouTube, Picasa, and Goggles), so it’s a natural fit to join Google and bring the benefits of our research and technology to a wider audience. We will continue to tap the potential of computer vision in applications that range from simple photo organization to complex video and mobile applications.

Needless to say, Google has got to have some plans for this stuff.  I'm imagining something that would work with Android on my Smartphone.  Can I dream a minute here?  Imagine walking  into a room and discreetly "scanning" the room wtih your phone.  Then a list of everyone you have in your Contacts pops up with pertinent data about them.  Eat your heart out Dale Carnegie!  :-)


Of course it may just be used to help ID every photo of your Aunt Bessie that you have in Picasa... but I still want it on my phone!  Google are you listening?


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